Palolo Valley playground in desperate need of repair

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“Not Safe” and “Stay Off” are the words spray painted on playground equipment at Palolo District Park.

“There’s no swing sets. They have metal hooks where the swing sets could be its going to be a drug haven if they don’t watch it,” Ewa Beach resident Waynie Bates said.

“It’s really really bad it’s a fall hazard, it’s a safety hazard there’s sharp edges it’s really bad,” Palolo Valley Neighborhood Board Member Darlene Nakayama said.

Nakayama says they’ve been asking the city to get the playground fixed for more than a decade.

“I think by just looking at how it looks and how unsafe it is, I think its something they need to work on as soon as possible before someone gets hurt,” Nakayama said.

She says they’ve even tried finding other solutions to make repairs.

“I don’t think people realize how really bad shape it is, but it’s even gotten to the point where we’ve tried to organize some community organizations to help us fix it,” Nakayama said.

Neighbors say although the city recently resurfaced the basketball and tennis courts, they have yet to set a date as to when the playground will be fixed.

Honolulu City Councilmember Ann Kobayashi says every year money is appropriated to fix something at Palolo District Park.

“They almost did one year so I guess it moves down the ladder for a priority but yeah, its been a long time there are other parks that have been waiting just as long,” City Councilmember Kobayashi said.

Kobayashi says when repairs are needed for emergency park restrooms, that’s where the money goes.

KHON2 asked, has a date been set as to when the playground will be fixed?

“No, that would be great if we could have a date and I know they keep saying yes,” Kobayashi said.

“We have so many housing developments up here in Palolo and this the backyard for a lot of people so we really should take care of Palolo field its just shameful,” Kobayashi said.

Councilmember Kobayashi says because the playground equipment is so bad, she’d rather take it out because it would be safer, but says she can’t even get that done.

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